The hypocrisy of America’s Christian right knows no bounds. By now, everyone’s seen and heard the 11-year-old footage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, specifically how he can “grab em by the pussy.” Yet leaders of various so-called religious conservative groups recently told Yahoo News that they were standing by their candidate.

Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, told Yahoo Trump’s “grossly inappropriate language” doesn’t matter because beating Hillary Clinton is more important.  He said: “I continue to support the Trump-Pence ticket.”

But when 2 Live Crew was making sexually explicit these are the same people who wanted to shut us down. They came after me and my company, Luke Records, with vengeance. They didn’t want songs like Face Down, Ass Up and Pop That Pussy falling into the hands of impressionable white children.

The difference is that all our music was about consensual sex. We never wrote lyrics about taking women forcefully. But you’ve got holier than thou Republicans like Sen. Jeff Sessions defending Trump by claiming “grab em by the pussy” is not sexual assault.

My fight for free speech began on June 29, 1988, when an undercover cop bought a copy of Move Somethin, a single with sexually explicit words including “pussy,” at Take Home Hits, a record store in Alexander City, Alabama, a little town in the heart of the conservative Christian right movement. The police arrested the store owner Tommy Hammond for illegally selling pornography after getting complaints from Christian fundamentalist groups about the sale of offensive and vulgar material. For the first time in U.S. history, a man selling records was being prosecuted for having “obscene” music.

Fast forward to the 2016 presidential election. Christian right leaders like Bauer and Steve Scheffler, head of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, are casually dismissing Trump’s lewd and lascivious banter with TV personality Billy Bush back in 2005 before a taping of Access Hollywood. Scheffler told Yahoo: “The Bible tells me that we are all sinners saved by grace and I don’t think there’s probably a person alive that I know of that hasn’t made some mistakes in the past.”

Trump and his backers tried to dismiss his comments as “locker room talk.” In all my years playing and coaching football, no one has ever talked about women like that.

Meanwhile, I spent tens of millions of dollars fighting Evangelicals and the Republican Party in a senseless war for free speech. So the party of Christian family values needs to give me my money back.

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